CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Clinton Academy, 1784

"Back Home: The Hedges Heirlooms"

Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m.
28 June - 13 October

The Hedges family first arrived in East Hampton in 1650.  Noted for their long lives (averaging 85 years), family members have farmed, fished, whaled, dug for gold in California, practiced law, crafted silver spoons, held public office . . . and they continue to live and work in the town today.  Judge Henry P. Hedges wrote a history of the town in 1897 and Samuel C. Hedges (1870 - 1952) was president of the East Hampton Historical Society.  Over the years the family has given much time and many artifacts to our collections.  Recently Mr. and Mrs. William D. Hedges sent back home, from Florida, a sensational gift of family heirloomks our of the old Hedges House that overlooks Town Pond.  We are now sharing a selection of these family treasures for your enjoyment.

No admission charge;  donations are appreciated.

Clinton Academy, 1784

"June 13, 1942: Saboteurs Land in Amagansett"

Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m.
2 August - 13 October

A special benefit opening for the Amagansett Life Saving Station restoration and renovation will be held on August 1, 6 -8 p.m.

The mainly German-American men picked for Operation Pastorius had three weeks of training in chemistry, incendiaries, explosives, timing devices, secret writing, and concealment of identity before shipping out on May 16, 1942, in U-202 from a German base in France, bound for Long Island.  The saboteurs were to wreak havoc by disabling railroads, blowing up aluminum and magnesium plants, canals, waterways, and locks -- and strike terror in the U.S. population on its own soil.  A second team was sent in another U-boat a few days later to the coast of Florida.  Thanks to the absence of deeply felt Nazi ideology, lack of team spirit, and the quick wittedness of the young coast guardsman patrolling the beach that night, the men who landed in Amagansett were caught and the plot was foiled.  Documents, artifacts, and uniforms have recently been given to the East Hampton Historical Society and will be in the exhibition, including a translation of the log kept by the U-202 captain for June 12 and June 13, 1942.

No admission charge;  donations are appreciated.